Basic Silkscreen Printing – Liz Corkery

Liz Corkery holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Cornell, where she largely focused in print media. She has refined her techniques studying in both London and Australia, recently having taken up resident in Somerville. Liz’s prints and installations have been displayed in many shows throughout New York and her hometown of Sydney. She is also the creator of The Print Club Boston.

liz corkery working

The class will talk participants through the process of silkscreen printing. Pre-prepared screens will allow participants to pull a silkscreen print in colors of their own choosing on either a tote bag or poster paper.

Tell us about the artistic path you took, from childhood into adulthood. Did you dream of making art from a young age?

I loved drawing and painting as a child, when I was about five I coined the term “hard blocking” for my favorite, heavy-handed crayon technique. It wasn’t until relatively recently that I became committed to the path of making art my career. It was always what I wanted to do but the pragmatist in me probably always assumed I would ultimately just be bringing my creative skills to some related field rather than directly focusing on a full-time art practice. Both my parents are in the design field (landscape architects) and so when I decided to go to art school at 18 it wasn’t contentious at all. After graduating I moved to New York – perhaps an artist rite of passage and after working there for a couple of years began my MFA at Cornell which I finished this past May.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I’m inspired by incredibly varied things that I usually stumble across during my endless trawling through blogs and art books. I love to travel and find myself in unfamiliar environments. I also really enjoy visiting exhibitions of contemporary artists and looking at the specific choices they make about the display of their work and the gallery space as an installation; their placement, framing or control of audience movement.


A hand-pulled screenprint in The Grid, The Trellis series.

What can people expect to learn in your Skillshare class?

The class is going to cover all the equipment required for screenprinting, what type of paints to use, what kind of screen mesh is appropriate for different projects and we’ll look at how stencils are made. Because of the time constraints we’ll be coming with pre-prepared screens that class participants can choose colors and learn to screenprint themselves. I’ve been working on a really cool Somerville-themed design that I think our class members will enjoy printing on posters or bags (or both!)

Why did you decide to base your business in Somerville?

When my partner (a printmaker too!) and I were moving to Boston we were both extremely unfamiliar with the city and its different neighborhoods. Somerville kept being mentioned by friends and colleagues as a great area for supporting the arts and was home to a lot of creative people and groups. We’ve really felt that since living and working here and the Somerville Arts Council in particular is such a uniquely committed and supportive organization, we’re excited to grow as a Somerville-based creative business.


A hand-pulled screenprint in The Grid, The Trellis series.

Check out Liz’s screenprinting and installation work on her website. There are lovely limited-edition silkscreen prints available in the Print Club online store.

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